New & Noteworthy

  • All Boston Public Library locations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24, and closed on Thursday, December 25, in observance of Christmas.
  • Try the library’s free streaming media service today. Borrow 10 movies, television shows, audiobooks, and albums each calendar month.
  • Free art & architecture tours of the Central Library in Copley Square are offered once each day.
  • The Boylston Street entrance to the Central Library in Copley Square is closed in conjunction with ongoing renovations of the Johnson building. Please enter the Central Library via Dartmouth Street and follow project progress via this link.



Crafty Mondays

Monday, December 22, 5:30 p.m.
Hyde Park Branch

Children ages 12 and younger make gingerbread men tree ornaments by rubbing a cinnamon stick on sandpaper.


Winter Holiday Tea

Tuesday, December 23, 6 p.m.
Faneuil Branch

Children and families are invited to celebrate the winter holidays with seasonal stories, hot tea, and a cookie craft.


Cotton Ball Snowman

Wednesday, December 24, 3 p.m.
Lower Mills Branch

Children ages 6 and older are invited to drop in to make a snowman using a plastic bottle and cotton balls.


Kwanzaa Celebration

Friday, December 26, 1 – 3 p.m.
Dudley Branch

Learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa with local artist Wyoma. All ages are welcome.


Chess and Checkers

Saturday, December 27, 2 – 5 p.m.
Hyde Park Branch

Learn to play chess or checkers with expert instructor Charlie Cleary. All skill levels are welcome. For children ages 5-13 years old.